Cacti Reporting Format Theme

08 Dec 2020

Cacti Reporting Format Theme

The built-in reporting formats didn’t offer a clean look for my reporting emails, I wanted something simple but with more spacing so I overwhelm my eyes when looking at multiple graphs. I decided to create my own based on the “Cacti Monitoring Format” template, just removing some of the borders and giving some more padding to elements.

Here is a comparison between the new (left) and the old (right) formats.

Comparing the new and old formats

To create this I needed to place my own format file within Cacti’s working directory.

  1. SSH into your server

  2. Change to the formats directory

    • cd /var/www/html/cacti/formats/
  3. Create a new file

    • sudo nano steven_custom_cacti.format
  4. Copy your formatting into that file

    # Description: Steven's Custom Cacti Format
    # Theme: modern
    		<title>Cacti Monitoring Report</title>
    		<link href="" rel="stylesheet">
    		<meta http-equiv='Content-Type' content='text/html; charset=utf-8' />
    		<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
    		<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
    		<meta charset="utf-8">
    		<style type='text/css'>
    		html {
    		background-color: #FAFAFA;
    		font-family: 'Roboto', sans-serif;
    		hr {
    		border: 0;
    		border-top: 1px solid #474747;	
    		table {
    		width: 100%;
    		margin-left: auto;
    		margin-right: auto;
    		.text_row, .image_row{
    		padding: 10px 5px;
    		display: block;
    		.header {
    		margin: 0px auto 0px auto;
    		margin-left: auto;
    		margin-right: auto;
    		padding: 5px;
    		.left {text-align: left;}
    		.right {text-align: right;}
    		.center {text-align: center;}
    		.footer {
    		display: block;
    		text-align: right;
    		margin-left: auto;
    		margin-right: auto;
    		.footer a{
    	    text-decoration: none;
    	    color: #474747;
    	    font-size: 0.9em;
    		<div class='header'>
    			<h1>Cacti Monitoring Report</h1>
    		<div class='footer'>
    			<span><a href="" target="_blank">Steven's Custom Cacti Theme</a></span>
  5. ctrl + o to save, ctrl + x to exit

Cacti Working Directory

  1. Go to your Cacti web GUI

  2. Go into the Reporting tab

  3. Go into Details tab

  4. Change “Format File to Use” to your new style

    Cacti Change Theme Format File to Use

  5. Save

That’s it, give it a test and you’re new style will be applied when sending your reports.

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